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  •  Two independent risk factors for terrorism (0+ / 0-)

    Being male
    Being a Muslim extremist.

    If you control for gender, then the Islamist effect will be huge.

    If you control for Muslim fanatics, the relation of male gender to violence will be evident, but it won't be anywhere near the increased odds that Islamists achieve.

    The effects may be additive or multiplicative, like the effects of smoking and hard liquor on throat cancer.  Both have independent effects, but in combo they are real killers.  In this instance, male Islamists, despite religious prohibitions, are heavy drinkers and serious smokers.

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